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What 'Hyrule Warriors' could mean for the 'Legend of Zelda' series

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The new Zelda spin off collaborative could be a foreshadow of things to come for the famed franchise.

In case you weren’t able to view this morning’s Nintendo Direct, the Kyoto based publisher made a surprise announcement for the Wii U: Hyrule Warriors (not the final name). This new Legend of Zelda game is a joint effort between Nintendo and Tecmo Koei and will feature the rich world of LOZ and the versatile combat from Tecmo's Dynasty Warriors series. What’s more telling of this game is Link’s new found swordplay and the influence this could have on future LOZ titles.

As the trailer illustrates, Link wields a vast array of maneuvers. From ariels, leaping sword swipes, and swift combos, to signature items, such as bomb tossing and magic abilities (note: at the 0:33 mark, it appears as if Link is using a new cane of somaria-like weapon). Link is quicker on his feet and able to deal with bevies of enemies at once. The Hyrule hero’s fresh take on combat looks incredibly refreshing and impressive.

It’s almost as if Link is making the same transition with HW that Mario made, gameplay wise, with Super Mario N64. Mario’s acrobatic attributes, at that time, opened up the game mechanics for improved platforming and combat. LOZ could very much see the same prosperity if Hyrule Warriors is well received by fans. If successful, Nintendo would be wise to use Link’s new gameplay for future games. Or at least, the best parts.

Regardless of HW’s fate, the game definitely serves as a test run to see the pros and cons of fusing traditional hack n slash gameplay with LOZ.

Personally, HW seems to have the right idea - based on the trailer; especially considering how dynamic and varied Link’s abilities have always been. It also begs many questions: How will bow play work? What of the boomerang? How will the hookshot be incorporated? How deep will Link’s magic go?

One thing is for certain, Link has a potentially new and exciting adventure due next year.

Hyrule Warriors has no official release date, however, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata confirmed that it would be available for Wii U in 2014.

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